About the scheme

The D2N2 Digital Skills Academy supports both autistic individuals and women that want to get back into work or progress into digital roles. The programme aims to help them gain the digital skills they need to find a job they’ll thrive in.

Participants can choose one of five digital training session themes to take part in which will help them to become more digitally savvy and boost career prospects.

This training is completely free, and comprises a four-day programme at centres within Derbyshire or Nottinghamshire. Most will be held from 9.30am to 4pm with one theme being held from 5pm-8pm.

The key delivery partners include Autism East Midlands, D2N2 LEP, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire), Nottingham City Council, the University of Derby, Nottingham Trent University, the University of Nottingham.

A new digital programme will also shortly be available within the Sheffield City Region (SCR) so keep watching this space for news on this development. 

Who’s it for?

D2N2 Digital Skills Academy is a free, innovative programme set up exclusively to help autistic individuals and women, particularly those who are returning to work after a period of absence, those out of work, and those looking for another role or to progress within their own organisation.

How it will help?

The project has secured funding through the Government’s Digital Innovation Fund for a ground-breaking pilot project across the region to encourage those in underrepresented groups to become more digitally savvy, and able to get employment in the digital sector as a result.

It is designed to support digital innovation and help re-shape lives.

What support is available?

Delegates will be able to choose to attend one theme comprising four free training sessions, designed to teach the skills required to become work-ready for a job in the growing digital sector. Each course set is delivered by experienced and industry leading digital experts and there are five different course themes on offer.

Not only will delegates learn new digital skills, they’ll also receive support from a graduate digital buddy, who’ll help build their confidence and offer one-to-one guidance in a safe environment.

Work experience opportunities may also be a possibility for delegates once they’ve completed their course, further enhancing their employability prospects.

What are the training session themes on offer?

Web Development 

This four-day training course will provide a significant exposure to what it takes to develop an exciting and satisfying career with Website Development. With experience, you could specialise in a particular area, like e-commerce or move up to a more senior role like lead programmer or project leader. You could also move into other IT fields, like systems analysis or IT project management.

Download here what will be covered on each of the four days of training. 

Course dates: 10 July  -- 17 July -- 24 July -- 31 July  

Venue location: Pride Park, Derby

Data Visualisation  - How to present data

This four-day training course will provide a significant exposure to what it takes to develop an exciting and satisfying career with Data Visualisation. Data visualisation is about presenting large amounts of information in ways that are universally understandable or easy to interpret and spot patterns, trends and correlations.

Download here what will be covered on each of the four days of training.

Course dates: 17 Sep -- 24 Sept -- 30 Sept -- 8 Oct 

Venue location: Chesterfield

Cyber Security

Cyber security is fast becoming one of the most important roles in the tech sector as cyber criminals and hackers become ever more sophisticated. This four-day training course will provide a significant exposure to what it takes to develop an exciting and satisfying career with Cyber Intelligence.

Download here what will be covered on each of the four days of training.

Course dates: 26 Sept -- 3 Oct -- 10 Oct -- 17 Oct -

Venue location : Nottingham 

Essential Digital Skills  (Evening sessions from 5pm to 8pm) - New dates added

Digital is increasingly being used as a primary route for engagement and activity across business. It is crucial that we all have the digital skills needed for both life and work. Without these skills we will be at a significant disadvantage within the workplace. These four evening sessions have been developed to help individuals obtain essential digital skills in order to apply for or enhance their career.  The sessions can be accessed as a whole, or on an identified needs basis.

Download here what will be covered at each of the training sessions.

Course 1 dates: 16 July -- 23 July -- 30 July -- 13 Aug 

Venue location: Nottingham

Download here what will be covered at each fo the training sessions.

Course 2 dates: 1 Oct -- 7 Oct -- 15 Oct -- 22 Oct  - NEW

Venue location : Chesterfield


All these training courses are being delivered by expert and experienced trainers in each area of digital specialism. 

When and where are the training courses being held?

To give delegates as much flexibility as possible, each training course is conducted over 4 separate days, over 4 consecutive weeks.  

It will be necessary to attend all four days to ensure you achieve a course attainment certificate.

Every delegate will be provided with a comprehensive workbook to use to capture notes throughout each sessions and can be taken away at the end as a reference guide for future.

A light meal will be provided during each training course with refreshment breaks included too.

What is the eligibility criteria?

Each course requires every participant to have a minimum level of digital skills and experience to ensure that the training course is right for them. Desired skills include a competency and thorough understanding of computer systems, and applications, be familiar with file management, word processing systems, and have excellent written and verbal skills.

There are different skills required for each course – so please call us to see which course might be best for you to attend.

Autistic candidates

Autism East Midlands is involved as a partner in the project to offer support and guidance to prospective candidates, and to offer support throughout the programme.

If you want any advice prior to contacting the Digital Skills Academy, please get in touch by calling 01909 506678 ext 222. Autism East Midlands staff will guide you through the process and undertake a brief assessment to ensure that the course best meets your learning requirements, and to ensure that you are adequately supported through the duration of the programme, and that any aids or adaptations required are identified.

How do you enrol on the Digital Skills Academy?

If you’re ready to unleash your potential and eager to become a digital champion, get in touch with the D2N2 Digital Skills Academy by calling 0333 320 0333 ext. 2153 (during office hours only).

We will then discuss your eligibility and give you more information about the programme, and the support available to you.  Delegates will also be required to complete an initial assessment and an enrolment form.

There are limited places available on each four days training course, so call us now to avoid disappointment.